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Palmer, James Shedden 1810-1867 Naval officer; born in New Jersey in 1810; entered the navy as midshipman in 1825, and was promoted rear-admiral in 1866. He served in the East India seas in 1838, and in blockading the coast of Mexico from 1846 to 1848. At the beginning of the Civil War he was in the blockade fleet under Dupont. In the summer of 1863 he led the advance in the passage of the Vicksburg batteries, and later in the same year performed the same service. Palmer was Farragut's flag-captain in the expedition against New Orleans and Mobile, and fought the Confederate ram Arkansas. In 1865 he was assigned to the command of the North Atlantic squadron. He died in St. Thomas, W. I., Dec. 7, 1867.
Vesey, Denmark Conspirator; born of negro parents, presumably about 1767; was bought as a slave in St. Thomas by a sea captain from Charleston, S. C., when fourteen years old. For twenty years he sailed with the latter, acquiring a proficiency in several languages. In 1800 he became free and settled as a carpenter in Charleston, S. C., where he was very popular among the negroes, many of whom he quietly convinced that they had a right to fight for their liberty. Together with Peter Poyas, another negro, he perfected a scheme for an insurrection of the slaves in and around Charleston. Several thousand negroes had quietly organized military companies and were furnished with daggers and pikes. On a fixed date they were to arrive in Charleston, as was the custom of many on Sundays, and upon a signal were to act in concert and seize the forts and the city. This plot was divulged by a negro, who had been urged to join it, on May 25, 1822. The principal conspirators were immediat